Inclusion 2.0:
Supports for Success
Danielle J. Jennings, M.S.W.
ECA of Florida Conference
September 25, 2009
Learning Outcomes
• Share current practices that support including
children with special needs or challenging
behaviors su...
What is inclusion and how is it
supported?
Early Childhood Inclusion: A Joint
Position Statement, April 2009
NAEYC: National
Association for the
Education of Young
C...
Defining Features of Inclusion
• Access
– Activities
– Environment
• Participation
– Multiple methods
– Promote engagement...
How can children with special needs
participate in the group?
Supports for Participation
• Early intervention outcomes
• Therapy goals
• Environmental adaptations
• Functional outcomes...
Factors Influencing Beliefs About Inclusion
Stoiber, Gettinger, and Goetz (1998)
• Survey of 128 preschool teachers and ad...
What about therapists or specialists
working with the child?
Communication and Collaboration
• Families
• Therapists
• School District Teachers
• Nurses
• Other special programs
• Wit...
Where are resources for curriculum
and staff training in inclusion?
Professional Development Resources
• Beach Center on Disability
• Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for
Early...
The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge
Foundations of Inclusion Birth to Five (2009)
• Video clip
What supports inclusion?
Our desire to provide
“…a sense of belonging
and membership,
positive social
relationships and
fr...
References
DEC-NAEYC. (2009). Early childhood inclusion: A summary.
Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina. FPG Chi...
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Inclusion 2.0 ECA of Florida Conference

  1. 1. Inclusion 2.0: Supports for Success Danielle J. Jennings, M.S.W. ECA of Florida Conference September 25, 2009
  2. 2. Learning Outcomes • Share current practices that support including children with special needs or challenging behaviors successfully • Explore strategies that allow all children to participate in class or center activities • Discuss collaboration and communication with therapists and parents • Identify curriculum and training resources for staff needs
  3. 3. What is inclusion and how is it supported?
  4. 4. Early Childhood Inclusion: A Joint Position Statement, April 2009 NAEYC: National Association for the Education of Young Children DEC: Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children Early childhood inclusion embodies the values, policies, and practices that support the right of every infant and young child and his or her family, regardless of ability, to participate in a broad range of activities and contexts as full members of families, communities, and society.
  5. 5. Defining Features of Inclusion • Access – Activities – Environment • Participation – Multiple methods – Promote engagement – Sense of belonging • Supports – Communication and collaboration – Professional development DEC/NAEYC, 2009
  6. 6. How can children with special needs participate in the group?
  7. 7. Supports for Participation • Early intervention outcomes • Therapy goals • Environmental adaptations • Functional outcomes • Educational accommodations • Routines Based Intervention • Recognition and Response • Response to Intervention • Universal Design
  8. 8. Factors Influencing Beliefs About Inclusion Stoiber, Gettinger, and Goetz (1998) • Survey of 128 preschool teachers and administrators • Most easy to accommodate for inclusion – Speech and language delays – Learning disabilities – Mild cognitive disabilities • Most difficult to accommodate for inclusion – Autism – Challenging Behaviors – Neurological Disorders • Challenges to inclusion – Limits on time for communication – Infrequent opportunities for collaboration
  9. 9. What about therapists or specialists working with the child?
  10. 10. Communication and Collaboration • Families • Therapists • School District Teachers • Nurses • Other special programs • Within staff and administration • Within early childhood community
  11. 11. Where are resources for curriculum and staff training in inclusion?
  12. 12. Professional Development Resources • Beach Center on Disability • Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning • National Association for the Education of Young Children • National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities • National Professional Development Center on Inclusion • Natural Resources • SpecialQuest • U.S. DOE What Works Clearinghouse
  13. 13. The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge Foundations of Inclusion Birth to Five (2009) • Video clip
  14. 14. What supports inclusion? Our desire to provide “…a sense of belonging and membership, positive social relationships and friendships, and development and learning to reach their full potential.” DEC/NAEYC, 2009
  15. 15. References DEC-NAEYC. (2009). Early childhood inclusion: A summary. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina. FPG Child Development Institute. Gould, P., & Sullivan, J. (1999). The inclusive early childhood classroom: Easy ways to adapt learning centers for all children. Beltsville, MD: Gryphon House. Sandall, S., Hemmeter, M.L., Smith, B.J., & McLean, M.E. (Eds.) (2005). DEC recommended practices: A comprehensive guide for practical application in early childhood special education. Missoula, MT: DEC. Stobier, K.C., Gettinger, M., & Goetz, D. (1998). Exploring factors influencing parents and early childhood practitioner’s beliefs about inclusion. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 13, (1), 107-124.

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